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Oz catters meet at Easter?

Sandra in Sydney 31 Mar 03 - 09:15 AM
JennyO 31 Mar 03 - 10:46 AM
GUEST,Val from Lancaster UK 31 Mar 03 - 01:28 PM
Bob Bolton 31 Mar 03 - 10:34 PM
Callie 31 Mar 03 - 11:20 PM
Yorkshire Tony 31 Mar 03 - 11:49 PM
alison 01 Apr 03 - 12:14 AM
Bob Bolton 01 Apr 03 - 01:30 AM
GUEST,Grubby 01 Apr 03 - 01:39 AM
Terry K 01 Apr 03 - 01:58 AM
alison 01 Apr 03 - 05:24 AM
JennyO 01 Apr 03 - 07:36 AM
Hrothgar 01 Apr 03 - 07:45 AM
Sandra in Sydney 01 Apr 03 - 08:11 AM
JennyO 01 Apr 03 - 08:25 AM
Bob Bolton 01 Apr 03 - 08:34 AM
Yorkshire Tony 01 Apr 03 - 08:13 PM
Art Thieme 01 Apr 03 - 09:41 PM
Bob Bolton 01 Apr 03 - 10:15 PM
GUEST,Bugsy @ work 02 Apr 03 - 12:53 AM
Callie 02 Apr 03 - 12:59 AM
Stewie 02 Apr 03 - 02:35 AM
Bob Bolton 02 Apr 03 - 07:31 AM
Sandra in Sydney 02 Apr 03 - 07:51 AM
Sandra in Sydney 02 Apr 03 - 09:11 AM
MC Fat 02 Apr 03 - 09:39 AM
JennyO 02 Apr 03 - 10:11 AM
MC Fat 02 Apr 03 - 10:23 AM
GUEST,alinact 02 Apr 03 - 05:00 PM
JennieG 03 Apr 03 - 02:26 AM
Sandra in Sydney 03 Apr 03 - 08:27 AM
JennyO 03 Apr 03 - 11:10 AM
Canberra Chris 03 Apr 03 - 05:57 PM
alison 03 Apr 03 - 10:22 PM
Yorkshire Tony 03 Apr 03 - 10:52 PM
Bob Bolton 03 Apr 03 - 11:18 PM
Yorkshire Tony 04 Apr 03 - 12:06 AM
JennieG 04 Apr 03 - 03:23 AM
Sandra in Sydney 04 Apr 03 - 08:07 AM
JennyO 04 Apr 03 - 09:16 AM
JennieG 04 Apr 03 - 06:22 PM
Yorkshire Tony 05 Apr 03 - 07:36 PM
rich-joy 05 Apr 03 - 10:15 PM
Hrothgar 06 Apr 03 - 05:10 AM
Sandra in Sydney 06 Apr 03 - 09:12 AM
JennieG 06 Apr 03 - 06:33 PM
Bob Bolton 06 Apr 03 - 09:01 PM
Bob Bolton 06 Apr 03 - 09:23 PM
rich-joy 07 Apr 03 - 03:16 AM
Hrothgar 07 Apr 03 - 09:00 PM
Sandra in Sydney 08 Apr 03 - 09:23 AM
JennyO 08 Apr 03 - 10:48 AM
Callie 08 Apr 03 - 07:14 PM
Bob Bolton 08 Apr 03 - 07:40 PM
JennieG 09 Apr 03 - 06:31 AM
Sandra in Sydney 09 Apr 03 - 09:17 AM
GUEST,Dave not raving 09 Apr 03 - 11:13 AM
JennyO 09 Apr 03 - 11:23 AM
JennieG 10 Apr 03 - 04:09 AM
Hrothgar 10 Apr 03 - 05:27 AM
JennyO 10 Apr 03 - 05:49 AM
Sandra in Sydney 10 Apr 03 - 11:05 AM
alison 10 Apr 03 - 07:38 PM
John in Brisbane 11 Apr 03 - 03:27 AM
Sandra in Sydney 11 Apr 03 - 10:39 PM
duart 12 Apr 03 - 05:15 AM
Bob Bolton 12 Apr 03 - 06:11 AM
Bruce from Bathurst 12 Apr 03 - 08:09 AM
Bob Bolton 12 Apr 03 - 08:22 AM
Bruce from Bathurst 12 Apr 03 - 08:55 AM
JennyO 12 Apr 03 - 10:58 AM
Hrothgar 13 Apr 03 - 02:33 AM
Sandra in Sydney 13 Apr 03 - 08:14 AM
JennyO 13 Apr 03 - 11:28 AM
Sandra in Sydney 14 Apr 03 - 09:03 AM
JennyO 14 Apr 03 - 11:23 AM
Yorkshire Tony 14 Apr 03 - 10:37 PM
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Subject: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 31 Mar 03 - 09:15 AM

I'll be there with JennyO, Bob Bolton, Callie, Chicky & I know Hrothgar will be there, too.

Who else will be at the National?

And where could we meet?

Callie, Chicky & Jenny are all part of The People Have Song CD launch (they are a talented lot!) & naturally Bob & I will take photos.

sandra


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: JennyO
Date: 31 Mar 03 - 10:46 AM

Oh good, Sandra. I have been thinking of starting a thread about this. I'll be spending a lot of time around the late-night singing sessions, too.

Just in case there are any 'Catters visiting from places further away, the National Folk Festival is an excellent festival held in Canberra, about four hours drive from Sydney, over the Easter period. It is large and colourful in terms of what is offered in entertainment, sessions, street theatre, stalls and camping, yet compact in size and very well organised - one of the best festivals in Australia IMO.

The very next weekend is another of my favourite festivals - smaller but very friendly - St Albans. A lot of us will be at that too. Alison is an organiser of this festival.

Jenny


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: GUEST,Val from Lancaster UK
Date: 31 Mar 03 - 01:28 PM

My old pal Bob Fox is performing there this year - which sadly has meant that I won't be seeing him perform at my own Festival this Easter. If you see him, say hello from me.


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 31 Mar 03 - 10:34 PM

G'day Sandra,

There's a pretty fair chance we will see some of the Australian 'Catters from further afield ... Tony from Darwin has been a consistent performer attender for years ... and I think we have a few more top-enders that trawl with the Mudcat ... and may be in Canberra. There are active 'Catters in all parts of Australia and the odds are high that they are the keen types that will trek in from far-flung states.

The Sydney contingent are amongst the most likely starters, since it's only 3 or 4 hours drive (OK ... 4 hours is a better idea ... the Goulburn Police Academy, halfway between, uses Easter Weekend for intensive radar training for all cadets!). JennieG is a regular Festival-goer and she loves Canberra, so she should be there again.

Of course we have some 'Catters right there in Canberra: obviously, alaninact ... Yorkshire Tony, who started the thread on the Canberra fires ... Chris Clarke is an old (if not frequent) 'Catter.

(GUEST) Dave the rave downunder (several entries in the recent Waltzing Matilda Thread) has already mentioned he will be there.

Maybe we should work on some sort of early Festival get-together ... maybe an agreed place / symbol / whatever ...??. As usual I'm going to get there early - and be everywhere there is a photo opportunity (or a good chance to session on concertina / accordion / &c) ... so it's probably up those following specialised strands of the NFF to name a good time and place.

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Callie
Date: 31 Mar 03 - 11:20 PM

Sandra - good to hear you won't be taking any unnatural photos.

Good idea to meet up - the big question is WHEN given that we don't have progams yet (the preliminary ones contain errors, as one would expect having been issued so early on).

I'd suggest later one evening in the session bar given that that's where we'll be anyway!

C


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Yorkshire Tony
Date: 31 Mar 03 - 11:49 PM

I'll be there. Mostly at dance venues but I expect to have at least one late session in the bar - I can't do it every night the way I once could - carousing until dawn I mean. The idea of some distinguishing mark is good - perhaps a badge or something with a cat on it - or perhaps Bob B could coordinate - I think most of us know who he is.


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: alison
Date: 01 Apr 03 - 12:14 AM

yep... I'll be there.... so will JennieG, (she's going a week early to help with admin I think).....


slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 01 Apr 03 - 01:30 AM

G'day Tony (et al),

Some time in the past I did run off a few laminated badges based on the Mudcat's "Catfish leaping from a banjo" logo. What's on the home page is pretty small ... but I'll see a cunning fractal-based image enlarging program can squeeze out a bit more sharpness ...

Anyway, we should all recognise it, (go back to the home page and look at it, if you have been whizzing straight into the forum) and I'll run off a few blanks, as well as some with the Mudcat names I know (hope) will be there. I always have a fine textacolour pen in the camera/instrument bag, so we can cobble them up as we go!

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: GUEST,Grubby
Date: 01 Apr 03 - 01:39 AM

Sandra
I will be there with a good contingent of musician friends from Tassie. Looking forward to it. Haven't missed one yet.
Cheers
Grubby ( member but not on my own computer for this message)

P.S.Just thread creeping for a moment. Is there anyway around this guest/member thing when posting a message from another computer. I do a lot of travelling and therefore use my laptop quite a bit to review mudcat. Very rarely these days do I use my home computer.


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Terry K
Date: 01 Apr 03 - 01:58 AM

If you want badges, send a PM to Badger (or his wife Tig). He does a a proper Mudcat badge complete with your name. Very cheap, even with the airmail cost.


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: alison
Date: 01 Apr 03 - 05:24 AM

I have already got one of Badger's badges... looks great..... it came with my secret santa pressie

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: JennyO
Date: 01 Apr 03 - 07:36 AM

Well normally I live in the session bar late at night, but on some nights (I don't know which ones yet), I will be committed to being at the singing sessions, which I believe are going to be upstairs in the Restaurant, until they finish, and I would hate to miss out on meeting everybody. I'll try to find out which nights, or maybe I will be able to choose, but I don't know if this can be done before I go. If the singing sessions don't finish too late, maybe we could meet after? Anyway, I'll stay in touch with this thread, as I'm really looking forward to meeting other 'catters I haven't met yet.

Bob, I'd definitely like one of those badges!

Jenny


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Hrothgar
Date: 01 Apr 03 - 07:45 AM

Hymn singing session, Singing Room, 11.30 am, Sunday.


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 01 Apr 03 - 08:11 AM

I was going to be there, Hrothgar, I wouldn't miss it for quids. Even if I get one of the famous Canberra colds again his year, I have my supply of Fisherman's Friends.

I'm arriving Wed afternoon (by train, of course & I'll probably cadge a ride back with someone again in my usual fashion).

Bob - could you contact Badger or Tig to arrange real official badges? Not that your handcrafted ones won't be real, but if the money goes to Mudcat, it's a good idea.

Any other Catters apart from those already mentioned who will be performing? Even tho. we don't have the final program, you can name your concert/workshop so we can keep an eye out.

The People Have Song is a double CD launch, with 2 separate concerts
Hymn singing Sun 11.30am (perfect timing after an all night singing or music session

I can hardly wait, it'll be great to meet you all.

sandra

Val - Bob Fox has appeared twice at one of my folk clubs (Almost Acoustic)- it'll be a pleasure to see him again

Grubby - why not ask the experts on Mudcat help?


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: JennyO
Date: 01 Apr 03 - 08:25 AM

Sandra, I did think of getting the official badges, but do you think they will get here in time?

I'm going down on the Tuesday before, probably giving Amalina a lift.

Jenny


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 01 Apr 03 - 08:34 AM

G'day Grubby,

Whatever computer you are on, you can go to "Membership (has its rewards)" and select (~) renewing ... ? ... and give your password/ID to get your cookie on that computer. If it's only a casual usage, you then delete the cookie, but if it's a second computer, just leave it there and you can use either machine. (I use one home and one work connection.)

Sandra/ JennyO / Terry K: The crunch may well be the time factor. I have prepared colour badges based on a fractal enlargement of the Mudcat "catfish & banjo, with the names I already know or expect. I will PM "Badger" and see what the time factor is.


Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Yorkshire Tony
Date: 01 Apr 03 - 08:13 PM

If any of the interstate people who are coming early want to meet for a quiet drink on the Wednesday before the Festival, PM me and I will see what I can organise.

I always get a cold after the National as well - I think it is a cold germ festival as well as a Folk festival! Plus all the singing and late night drinking increases the likelihood of succumbing.


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Art Thieme
Date: 01 Apr 03 - 09:41 PM

I suspect Stewie and friends are too far away to take part, right?

Art Thieme
-- who knows too little about Oz geography.


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 01 Apr 03 - 10:15 PM

G'day Art,

I've made up Mudcat "badge/tags" for Stewie and for Tony in Darwin ... just in case. Tony is a regular, even if he does live (about) 2000 miles away!

Aussies get used to travel (well ... the ones I know do).

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: GUEST,Bugsy @ work
Date: 02 Apr 03 - 12:53 AM

I've only ever made it to the National in Canberra once, in '99. I was lucky enough to be booked that year. Can't see me getting there this year, but with a bit of luck me and the missus will be going on the road in about a year and heading for folk club/festivals all over the country.

Hope you all have a great time there this year!

Cheers


Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Callie
Date: 02 Apr 03 - 12:59 AM

Well - here goes for performance times:

one song with Andy Rigby in "The People Have Songs" launch - Monday 10am in the Merry Muse.

as part of the "Rob Willis Boxing Tent" show : Sunday 1pm at the Trocadero

with Touchwood -
Friday 3pm
Saturday 9pm Merry Muse
Sunday 11.30 am
Sunday 6.20 (Stairway to Heaven)

looking forward to seeing you all in the one place!

Callie


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Stewie
Date: 02 Apr 03 - 02:35 AM

Art and Bob,

I was there last year, but am unable to make it this year. Tony left this morning on the long drive south. It is not bucketing down this year, so he is unlikely to be left stranded on the banks of some river. I am certainly planning on being there next year. I trust everyone will have a great festival and not be driven to distraction by the horrendous beer ticket system.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 02 Apr 03 - 07:31 AM

G'day Stewie,

I hope we do see you at a future National. I figured the odds looked a bit better for Tony ... he turns pretty bloody often for someone living so far away!

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 02 Apr 03 - 07:51 AM

The badges look great (well, the .pdf does) & when they're all laminated & supplied with ribbon & pins we will certainly attract attention, so we can preach to gospel of Mudcat to all who comment - 9000+ songs, music to lots of 'em, knowledgeable folks who just want to answer question, friends you haven't met yet ...

Tony, I'll contact you. Bob, Jenny & I'll be there early (& they both have cars, so I can probably cadge a ride). I'm hoping to meet up with guest Canberra Chris too.

sandra


Bronchiodilated Blues
(Bernard Carney 198)- written after getting a cold at the National, I believe)

I'm taking two types of nasal decongestant
I'm chock full of pseudoephydrine
My overflowing sinus
Shows no sign of dryness
I'm just an aching mucus making machine
I've got vaseline smeared on my nostrils
I've got a eucalyptus poultice in my shoes
I've got the sniffing analgesic decongestant anticholinergic
Brochiodilated Blues

I've got a cough that heave smokers would be proud of
But this expectorant is making me blaspheme
Oh Ipecacuanha, just leave it 'til manyana
I'm in a drowsy anti-histamine dream
There's Sudafed Orthoxical and Codeine
Not to mention many other potent brews
I've got the analgesic decongestant anticholinergic
Brochiodilated Blues

And it's costing me a fortune
How much more can I endure
Of this silly little virus that can easily inspire us
To dispose of all our money on the cure

Maybe my attitude's a wrong one
They say I've got to love my disease
But there's nothing so erotic in an antibiotic
When you're living with a permanent wheeze

It seems to last forever when you've got it
I don't know if I'm ever going to lose
This healthiness embargo with the lozenges and gargles
The Benzocaines and phenols that upset all my meals

For the sniffling analgesic decongestant anticholinergic
Brochiodilated Blues

..................


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 02 Apr 03 - 09:11 AM

Bernard wrote the aforementioned song in 1989 not 198)


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: MC Fat
Date: 02 Apr 03 - 09:39 AM

I intend to visit the National next year as part of my MC Fat World Tour 2004 perhaps you can warn all concerned of my impending coming.


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: JennyO
Date: 02 Apr 03 - 10:11 AM

Will this be the first coming or the second coming ;-)


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: MC Fat
Date: 02 Apr 03 - 10:23 AM

Ah well I can tell there has been a third coming but someone else could verify that !!! With regard to Oz though it will be the first coming.


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: GUEST,alinact
Date: 02 Apr 03 - 05:00 PM

Unfortunately, work is taking me out of Canberra for 3 months, as of 11 April, so won't be able to make the festival - bugger it!

Hope everyone has a great time.

Allan


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: JennieG
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 02:26 AM

I would love one of those Catter badges Bob! I will be going down (to Canberra that is.....minds out of the gutter now *grin*) the previous weekend and doing my volunteer bit in the office prior to the festival starting. Yorkshire Tony I will send you a PM re that drink!
Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 08:27 AM

Hello, Jennie

I've been in contact with Tony & have sent an e-mail to Chris asking if he's free to meet before the festival. I'm sure JennyO will be interested in meeting, too

Any other takers for a meeting on Wed night?

sandra


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: JennyO
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 11:10 AM

I'm there for a meeting on Wednesday night!

Jenny


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Canberra Chris
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 05:57 PM

There! You have finally shamed me into filling in the member form. I have been a Catter on and of for a few years, addictively so at first. I did spot the book title 'Just How Much Joy Can You Stand?', to which I could only reply "Keep laying it on, and I'll say 'when'."

Wecome to Canberra all! If I can provide any local help or hospitality during the National, let me know (cclarke@webone.com.au). I live on the opposite side of town, and usually camp on-site, but I may operate from home this time. With various people arriving from various directions, it is the usual glorious chaos.

News hot of the Press is that the Shiny Bum Singers (my gift to the world) though not on the program are performing at the Home-brew workshop, and at the Merry Muse. I'll check details.

I also applied for trad-singing pre-festival school, if I can escape work. Drink sounds good, I'll try to make it.

Chris


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: alison
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 10:22 PM

won't be there until Thursday.......

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Yorkshire Tony
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 10:52 PM

Hi. I've reserved two tables at the Wig and Pen in Alinga Street from 8pm on Wednesday 16 April for anyone who feels like a pre-festival drink. The Wig and Pen is a home brew pub and makes a decent drop of ale. The publican isn't sure about the legality of unsolicited live music in the ACT these days (sounds like the UK) but he won't object to a few quiet tunes if someone spontaneously produces a musical instrument.

See you there.


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 11:18 PM

G'day,

JennieG: I had made out a badge for you - I knew you would be there ... and doing a volunteer stint. If you put the caravan where it was last year, you'll be well at home ... on the fringes of the (mostly ex-)Bankstown Mob ... the cluster around Ralph Pride and his girls' tents.

Most of that group used to hang around in "Mitzi's" Coffee Shop ... next to the "Torch" Newspaper office ... in the 1960s. They will be down there early too, as most of them are doing pre-Festival volunteer jobs.

I'll be arriving around Monday, since I'm hoping to get in some research time at the National Library and look in on some of Rob Willis's recording work. (And I will be in a shiny new Subaru ... which I pick up in 3 hour's time!)

Yorkshire Tony: I'll try to find my way down to the Wig & Pen ... I had better remember to transfer the 3-City Road Directory when I get the new car.

Your publican sounds to be a bit of a worry ... not a Pommy ex-patriate who thinks England's evil laws hold sway in the colonies - is he? We had that problem at the first Morpeth Folk Festival, in the Hunter Valley, after the Newcastle venue was damaged by the earthquake. One Pommy publican ordered all singers to shut up or get out ... or he'd lose his licence for allowing unlicenced singing. Everyone drank ... and sang ... and played ... at the other pubs all the rest of the weekend.

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Yorkshire Tony
Date: 04 Apr 03 - 12:06 AM

I think he's genuinely unsure of his responsibilities. He used to have live music there on a regular basis but apparently isn't allowed to any more. Don't ask my why - more rampent regional regulation I suppose.


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: JennieG
Date: 04 Apr 03 - 03:23 AM

Thanks for the badge Bob. We are planning to park the van in the same spot as last year - I will take that Glen Innes tourist mag for Ralph too.
Tony - thanks for that organisation - I will see you all there! I will have Himself in tow, most of you know him anyway.
Cheers
JennieG in rainy Sydney


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 04 Apr 03 - 08:07 AM

hooray, Tony you are a very thoughtful host

& welcome new? member Canberra Chris (about bloody time), tell the boss ya gotta have Wed night off - meeting is far more important than work (a four letter word - wash my mouth!)

good to see the Bums will sneak in (the National without the Bums would be a very sad event)

see ya all Wed or later, but where will we meet? late night singing or music sessions or maybe at or before Hrothgar's very civilized 11.30 Sunday morning session or ...

anyway we still have a week to sort that out

sandra


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: JennyO
Date: 04 Apr 03 - 09:16 AM

Some questions.

Where is this Wig and Pen? Or Alinga Street for that matter? What suburb? I find Canberra a very easy place to get lost in, even with a street directory, and it seems I don't have that any more, either. I had a Maxi but it disappeared about the same time a certain person moved out. Hmmm.

Where are most people camping? A friend is arriving the weekend before. He is supposed to be keeping a spot for me and he is a volunteer. Where can they camp? I'm allowed to camp anywhere, including in the performer's area, because I'm part of a team facilitating singing sessions. Can volunteers camp in there too? Anyway, it would be nice to camp close to friends, somewhere flat and close to amenities, and preferably near trees. It would be good if I can give him an idea where to camp.

Bob, are you making me a badge?

Jenny


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: JennieG
Date: 04 Apr 03 - 06:22 PM

I received my volunteer info stuff this week including a site map. The Palladium is now not in the middle of the grass oval, it is in the area where the hire caravans have been parked in the past, which means that some of this area can't be used for camping. It's been moved because it flooded in that Friday night rainstorm last year! I don't know if volunteers can camp in the performers area but the office could tell you if you contact them. We like to camp somewhere reasonably flat near a power box as we have a caravan....and the caravan has a heater.......
Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Yorkshire Tony
Date: 05 Apr 03 - 07:36 PM

Alinga Street is in Canberra City centre, just North of London Circuit. The Wig and Pen is between West Row and Marcus Clarke Street. Coming down Northbourne Ave from Sydney, go through the Barry Drive intersection and turn right at the second set of lights. That should be Alinga Street, then look for somewhere to park. If you miss it turn right at London Circuit then right again and park.

cheers

Tony


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: rich-joy
Date: 05 Apr 03 - 10:15 PM

Like Stewie from Darwin, Poor Misery and I (from Maleny) were there last year and can't make it this year.

But NEXT year ...

Have a good wun, everybody - look forward to meeting you all then.

Cheers!
Rich Joy


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Hrothgar
Date: 06 Apr 03 - 05:10 AM

Dunno about Wednesday night. I'll be driving all that day.


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 06 Apr 03 - 09:12 AM

Hrothgar - maybe you can cadge a ride (like I will be doing) & drink water (like I do!!) & yawn (something I start doing after a certain time), but I always stay till the very end, which was 4.30 one night in the stairwell last year.

sandra


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: JennieG
Date: 06 Apr 03 - 06:33 PM

I will be at the Wig & Pen (love the name!) a little late as my shift in the office on Wednesday is 4-8pm. But I will be there so save a couple of seats for us!
Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 06 Apr 03 - 09:01 PM

G'day all,

Damn! I just strayed down to the other side of the "Great Thread Divide" and stumbled onto the distinctly more than mere BS thread: "BS: Badger has a heart attack". He has survived and is now out of ICU ... and alison has popped in and offered:

love, hugs, energy and prayer from down under as well

did the Ozzies cause it by saying we all wanted badges by the end of next week?.... we're very sorry if it was us!!1 *grin*

slainte

alison


Best wishes for a speedy recovery, I'm sure, from all of us ... and we'll sort out our own badges this year!

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 06 Apr 03 - 09:23 PM

G'day JennyO,

Bob, are you making me a badge?

Yes ... I will have a laminated badge for every 'Catter that I know, or suspect, will be there. It's pretty easy to run off any name that comes to mind ... and I'll bring some blanks - and a fine Textacolour pen for the strays.

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: rich-joy
Date: 07 Apr 03 - 03:16 AM

Bob, just had lunch here in Maleny with Tony, on his way through from Darwin to The National. He and his travelling companions, Batey and Mrs B, won't be there in time for the Wig and Pen Wednesday bash, but will seek you out around the site (or at Red Cedars?)...

Is is possible you could make ME a Mudcatter badge too??? Tony will bring it back for me (they're coming back through Brisbane to see Gordon Bok!) - then I can wear it at Woodford and see if I get any bites!!

Thanks Bob!
Cheers! R-J


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Hrothgar
Date: 07 Apr 03 - 09:00 PM

Where would you like to be bitten, rich?


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 08 Apr 03 - 09:23 AM

My colleague & good friend who I'm meeting on Thurs tells me the Wig & Pen is Canberra's only real pub.

Any other ideas where we can meet in mass & get photos taken of a whole (collective noun) of Mudcatters?

sandra

and what is the collective noun for Mudcatters?


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: JennyO
Date: 08 Apr 03 - 10:48 AM

A Mudlitter?

I'm borrowing a street directory so it looks like I'll be able to find this pub.

I agree we need another meeting place and time at the festival. I still have no idea which nights I'll be at the singing sessions. We need someone with a digital camera to take group pictures, or an ordinary camera and a scanner.

Jennie G, check out the Greensleeves parody thread. I have the words you want. I'll sing it for you when I see you, if you like. I've been known to annoy a lot of people with it.

Jenny


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Callie
Date: 08 Apr 03 - 07:14 PM

A qwerty of Mudcatters?

See you all at the National - Wednesday night isn't possible for me. I'll be there in spirit(s)

Callie


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 08 Apr 03 - 07:40 PM

G'day JennyO,

So how big a scan do you want? (66 MB TIFF off 35mm is maximum with my current scanner ... !) I'll be doing an (moderately) official photographic coverage of the Festival for the NFF.

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: JennieG
Date: 09 Apr 03 - 06:31 AM

How about we make a daily time and place? That's what another group I am involved with do. Those who can make it will be there, and those who can't may perhaps be able to make the next day. We can have more than one photo if you like.
A photo of Hrothgar sharpening his teeth (getting ready to bite Rich) would make a lovely shot, I am sure! He may be able to practice on some poor unsuspecting girl in the meantime.......
I hope the Wig and Pen does food, I will be starving!
Cheers
JennieG off to polish the dancing shoes!


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 09 Apr 03 - 09:17 AM

I have my Mudcat badge!! Bob had them at the committee meeting tonight, he has made 2 holes for either pins or ribbon (we have both).

JennyG's idea of multiple meeting spots sounds good - my other committee has clogged my in-tray with let's get together & meet at ..., oh no I can't, I'm dancing/performing/watching ..., instead let's meet at ... , oh no...

One meeting place I suggested (Hrothgar's singing session 1130am Sun) might be a place to start.

Then of course the late night music or singing sessions, or The People have Songs concerts, or any venue where Callie is appearing ...

sandra


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: GUEST,Dave not raving
Date: 09 Apr 03 - 11:13 AM

What a cheerful bunch! Go, cats go..
'Twould appear that there are several sessions likely to have a *noun* of catters in attendance. Our small tribe will be part of cheeky Canberra Chris's chaos from about Tuesday. I already know what some of you look like, and look forward to seeing MORE.
regards Dave


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: JennyO
Date: 09 Apr 03 - 11:23 AM

Yes, I like the idea of a daily time and place. I think although we can certainly go to the People have Songs concerts and Hrothgar's hymn singing, and the sessions, it would be nice to have times where most of us are not committed to doing anything but hanging out if we want to. I picture a daytime, somewhere around the middle, and somewhere outside that most of us know. I'm open to suggestion.

Jenny


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: JennieG
Date: 10 Apr 03 - 04:09 AM

How about 1pm each day at the Merry Muse? We can always lunch together if we don't have to rush off to something.
Cheers
Jennie


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Hrothgar
Date: 10 Apr 03 - 05:27 AM

You don't think I'd use my good teeth on her?

:-)


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: JennyO
Date: 10 Apr 03 - 05:49 AM

Yes, 1pm is exactly what I was thinking - we can have lunch if we want to, and The Merry Muse is a good central location that we know. Perfect.

Jenny


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 10 Apr 03 - 11:05 AM

Hrothgar - does that mean you have another set of teeth?

lunch at the Muse sounds ok, except for the day that my other committee are apparently/maybe meeting at lunch (perhaps)

sandra


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: alison
Date: 10 Apr 03 - 07:38 PM

sounds good to me too

alsinte

alison


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 11 Apr 03 - 03:27 AM

Hi Oz Catters,

Found out about this thread courtesy of Rich Joy and Tony from Darwin.

I'll be there, camping on-site and I arrive Wednesay lunchtime (to take advantage of the cheapest Virgin flight available).

Hope to make it to the Wig and Pen on Wednesday night, and yes Bob I'd be proud to wear a badge please if you could make one available.

You'll find me in the session Bar and I should be moderately easy to spot. Just look for a 6 foot geriatric with pepper and salt hair and beard playing a double bass - again assuming that Virgin will play ball and allow me to transport it.

Would welcome advice about occupying Wed arvo and Thursday. I believe that Tony and crew are going to the National Gallery, but I'm keen to visit ScreenSound? at some stage prior to Friday.

If all else fails you'll see me at the Troubadour at 6.30 pm on Easter Sunday for David Moloney's wedding - lots of things have occurred in the Troubadour at many festivals but Andrew Patterson says it's the first ever nuptials.

I froze at the last National I went to in 2000, so I'm taking a ski suit this year.

Seeya there.

Cheers, John

Regards, John


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 11 Apr 03 - 10:39 PM

John - The 2000 National was my first, too & I was so cold in my new tent (covered in sleeping bag, cotton picnic blanket doubled, newly bought second-hand woollen blanket folded in 3, coat, dressing gown, jacket, fleecy vest, towels ...everything I could find) that I now hire a van!
Bob will be spending time at the National Library & Screensound - he has been having an argument (oops, scholarly discussion) with them re the Bushwhackers - they say there aren't enough enough records to reproduce on a CD, he says there are more waiting to be found & he & Rob Willis will be accessioning stuff in the vaults to find the lost recordings. Contact him for details

I have just learnt of a spanner in the works for getting to Hrothgar's hymn session - Three Score & Friends -Margaret's 60th birthday & lots of great songs at the same time. I can't miss either but ...

sandra


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: duart
Date: 12 Apr 03 - 05:15 AM

G'day all Assie Mudcatters,
I didn't know that there were so many of you!
Loved reading the e-mails to this thread.
I've been living here in Canberra for the past 11 years teaching drama at the Boys' Grammar School and attending the National each year on my own or with some friends who enjoy folk music. I'd really like to meet up with some Aussie Catters at the Wig and Pen on Wednesday night if you don't think that's too pushy of me and I'd Love to have a "Catters" Badge made With the name Jock on it so that I can make contact. I will be the small Scotsman with the short Silver hair and I hope to see some new friends there.
Kind Regards
Jock mcLean


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 12 Apr 03 - 06:11 AM

G'day yet again,

I PM'ed John to say I had included his name in the badge run on 'first principles'. I'll be linking up with Rob during some recording sessions, so it's not open season ... I'll gather up some details and PM them to John.

duart/ Jock: I'm away from the laminator now ... and off to Canberra Monday morning ... but I have a stock of blank badges and some texta colours ...! (I was looking for a fine point paint-based pen in a good colour ... but no success - yet.

I'll do my best to be at The Wig & Pen ... present schedules don't seem to raise any problems.

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Bruce from Bathurst
Date: 12 Apr 03 - 08:09 AM

Greetings from another chronic Mudcat lurker.

I'd love to say hello at the National on Friday or Monday at the Merry Muse. I have a Verandah Music commitment on Saturday and there's a crazy Boxing Tent thing on Sunday, but the other days look OK.

Bob probably won't have time to make more badges, but you'll recognise me. I'll be the fat, bald, bearded, middle-aged man caressing a glass of red wine.

Five more sleeps.

Bruce


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 12 Apr 03 - 08:22 AM

G'day Bruce,

No more nicely lettered and then laminated models ... but a quickie with a texta colour would be more in your style ... anyway.

Bob


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Bruce from Bathurst
Date: 12 Apr 03 - 08:55 AM

Hmmm

I wonder if that's a good thing or not?

Bruce


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: JennyO
Date: 12 Apr 03 - 10:58 AM

Well, I'll be at the Wig and Pen on Wednesday night, and hanging around near the Merry Muse at 1pm on at least some of the days - I'll have to check out the program.

Anyone mind me bringing along a non-mudcatter or two to the Wig and Pen? And does anyone know if they have food there?

Ooh, this is getting exciting! I have already started loading the car.

Jenny


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Hrothgar
Date: 13 Apr 03 - 02:33 AM

Margaret's 60TH????


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 13 Apr 03 - 08:14 AM

Roger - unbelievable as it may seem (how long have you known her?) I'm not sure how many friends will be involved, but everybody I know will be there (I think)

How can I be at 2 places at once? buggerbuggerbugger

sandra

Jenny - at least 1 Mudcatter's significant other will be there. I will be needing a ride so I thought of asking my neighbours if they wanna come along. Everyone knows Jack, (tho Kathy is more of a shy violet, but lots of you know her too).


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: JennyO
Date: 13 Apr 03 - 11:28 AM

Good, this should be a nice way to start the festival. Still don't know if they have any food though. Anyone know?

Lyn Mathieson rang me today. They are down there, camped next to Forbes, who is keeping me a spot, and we will be opposite building F. If you look for their big camper, the Tardis, we should be easy to find.

Jenny


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 14 Apr 03 - 09:03 AM

We'll be up the road near the Shell garage where there are a few powered sites. The space between the pavilion where the shop & brekkie are, & the pavilion where the dancing happens will be filled by a ginormous tent - the Palladium, so there will be less space for camping along that side of the road. It'll be a long walk after late sessions in freezing Canberra weather (weather report courtesy of the bloke from the caravan company).

Pack lots of woollies.

sandra


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: JennyO
Date: 14 Apr 03 - 11:23 AM

Slight amendment to what I said yesterday. They tell me that we are actually on the same side as building F, on the side nearer to the festival, just near the toilets. Must be very close to the Palladium. It's a good thing I don't like going to bed early!

This might be my last post before I go - I won't have much time in the morning - so see you there, guys!

Jenny


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Yorkshire Tony
Date: 14 Apr 03 - 10:37 PM

The pub will have stopped serving food by 8pm but you are welcome to bring in your take away and eat it over a drink. There are plenty of eating places nearby that I can direct you to.


See you tomorrow


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 15 Apr 03 - 01:34 AM

I'll have pitched my little tent by lunchtime tomorrow and hope I can make it to the Wig and Pen. Last time I camped about 50 metres inside the Shell servo gate, OK apart from the hundred djambes that play in a nearby pavilion.

The Met Bureau site tells me that the 7 day outlook is Fine, Maximum Temps in range 16 - 18 and overnight Lows of 2 - 4. Not as bad as last time but still 15 degrees less than I'm used to in Bris overnight.

Looking forward to the National immensely.

Regards, John


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 15 Apr 03 - 08:24 AM

John - I'll be in a pop-top van with a picture of a teddy bear in the window!! Next to a bigger van, & parked nearby will be a car with numberplate JAK (owned by Jack & Kathy)

see ya

sandra


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 23 Apr 03 - 10:03 AM

Back home again - after meeting lots of mudcatters at different times, listening to lots of music, singing along to many a shanty, & buying 13 new CDs. I got a ride back with Bob & we listened to some of his new CDs.

Some mudcatters are off to the next festival (I wonder how many messages JennyO will have waiting when she finally gets home - I had 65 & 39 were spam/crap)

hurry up next Festival.

sandra


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 23 Apr 03 - 12:26 PM

Sandra-

Who was there for shanty singers?

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 24 Apr 03 - 09:08 AM

Hello fellow shanty singer

Naturally The Roaring Forties, with Danny Spooner & The Rocky River Bush Band - what a session - 6 Forties, 9 Rocky Rivers & Danny - & a huge audience raising the rafters. The only one not singing was the Sea Captain in his yellow sou'wester & wet weather gear, but he was made of papier mache! (spellcheck didn't like that, but the Oxford Dictionary did). I have pics so can send you some (maybe even get them scanned)

Another event was Three Score & Friends - Margaret's 60th birthday.

One of he themes for the National was Girt by Sea - lots more songs about the sea, whaling & other nautical stuff.

bye for now
sandra

http://www.dannyspooner.com/

http://members.tripod.com/~rockyriverbushband/
I don't like this site it brought up some weird messages, but I love their music, I have 2 of their CDs & another made with Danish sea shanty singers


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 24 Apr 03 - 01:51 PM

Sounds like a wonderful group of sea music folks.

Give Margaret our best wishes on vintage 60. But I beat her to the gate by about 8 months!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Oz catters meet at Easter?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 25 Apr 03 - 10:32 AM

Charley - I'm just back from a house concert at Margaret's with Jerry Epstein. I'll pass on you birthday wishes when I see her tomorrow night.

Which is the 4th Sat, (hint, hint) got a date for your next visit yet?

sandra


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